Department Chairperson: Dr. Stephen Macek
Media Studies Faculty
With majors in Journalism, Broadcast and Interactive Media Studies, the Media Studies Department offers a wide range of courses that will provide you with an equally wide-ranging skill set. Students in all three areas get hands-on experience in practicum courses as well as internships.
Journalism — Our innovative program grounds students in mass media history, ethics and law while developing skills in writing, editing, multimedia, social media and design. Journalism students cover hard news and write persuasive pieces, first-person essays and feature-length narrative stories. Additionally, students will learn the skills required of a modern journalist, including how to manage video, photographs, audio, web and social content.
In addition to regular classes, students spend time in MED 152 - College News Practicum, serving as a staff member for our award-winning student news site, ncclinked.com and the print newspaper, The Chronicle.
Broadcast — Students who pursue the broadcast curriculum gain knowledge and experience in this far-reaching field. With classes in both audio and video production, graduates have gone on to pursue careers as radio DJs, television producers and sound engineers.
Classes include instruction in the following areas: radio programming and performance, video production and editing, screenwriting, and writing for broadcast news.
In addition, students have the opportunity to become part of the award-winning campus radio station, WONC.
Interactive Media Studies — Interactive media students learn to merge various digital media (text, graphics, video and audio) in a computer environment so users can interact with it by reading, watching, listening to and, in the case of your phone, touching. Interactive media includes the Internet and websites, streaming audio and video, multimedia presentations, virtual reality, 3D animation and video games, to name a few.
Students have a choice of two tracks from which to choose: Convergent Media and Technology.
Degree offered: B.A.